Translation of spur in Spanish:


espuela, n.

Pronunciation: /spəː//spər/


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    • 1.1

      espuela feminine
      on the spur of the moment sin pensarlo
      • it was a spur-of-the-moment decision fue una decisión del momento
      • to win / gain one's spurs demostrar su (/ mi etc. ) valía
      • Any player averaging a hat-trick per game over an entire season is clearly not lacking talent, but Ross claims that enthusiasm is his main spur.
      • Everyone knows that competition can be both healthy (acting as a spur to progress) or negative, which is hurtful as well as wasteful.
      • Their continuing presence is a spur to violence.
      • For example, proximity to one's home and community may act as a spur to some to fight harder.
      • Another spur to expeditions from the 1790s was the desire of British Protestant churches to evangelize overseas.
      • The conservationist-author points out that the urge to find, dam, and channel water is one of the earliest spurs to technological advance.
      • Inequality is natural, inevitable and may even be a good thing - a spur to ambition, competition and achievement.
      • Perhaps genius - even the illusion of genius - is a spur that throws us forward.
      • Anger can be channeled as a spur to action rather than being destructive. But Mars at its best is purposeful, an achiever and self-starter, and a force to be reckoned with.
      • Her experience on the show acted as a spur to her ambition and she flew to California with £750 in her pocket.
      • For those of our readers who specialize in this subject, this should serve both as an expert review and a spur to fresh thinking.
      • Robert Koch was getting a great deal of attention throughout Europe for his discoveries and the French versus German rivalry that occurred provided a great spur to medical advances.
      • Openness to trade acts as a spur to efficiency, innovation, and international competitiveness generally.
      • That will give a spur to additional investment and, therefore, to additional productivity.
      • It provides a lot of very smart and/or politically important people with a spur to help the campaign as much as possible.
      • To some extent, this has undoubtedly acted as a spur to research, but I believe that it distorts more than it reveals, and that all ultimately lose by the process.
      • They have been cited as a spur to a recovery in business confidence, though the evidence of this is not clear-cut and, in the case of Japan, flatly contradictory.
      • For those not yet at the repayment date this could be a spur to reconsider their mortgages.
      • ‘I hope this report is not put back on a shelf but acts as a spur to provide treatment facilities and resources to tackle the issue,’ he said.
      • Hilbert's problems were a spur to some of the most productive mathematical research of the 20th century.

    • 1.2(stimulus)

      acicate masculine
      aguijón masculine
      driven by the spur of ambition/passion acicateado / aguijoneado por la ambición/pasión

    • 1.3Zoology

      espolón masculine
      • Their well-feathered shanks had razor sharp spurs protruding ominously, and the feet were also covered in dense, thick feathers to protect the skin from the brutal cold.

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    • 2.1Geography

      espolón masculine
      ramal masculine
      • The terrain between the spur of the mountain range and the sea is flat and thickly forested.
      • It took them a week to reach the eastern spur of the Waiongona Gorge, near the present Mountain House, the last camp before the summit attempt.
      • This is a very pleasant descent down a tributary valley with the distinctive spur known as the Tongue prominent on the opposite side of the stream.
      • Built on a wooded spur above the town, the chapel is visible from almost six miles (ten kilometers) away.
      • The hilltop spur has stunning views across the Severn valley.

    • 2.2render_form_group(subsense).blank? span.form-groups = render_form_group(subsense)(of railway, road)

      ramal masculine
      • However, planners were reluctant to commit to having a rail spur open by late 2010.
      • The work will also include a spur road into the new Terminal 5 at Heathrow.
      • At the airport, a system of rail spurs would connect aviation-related businesses, warehouses and cargo storage areas.
      • The main spine would run between the existing and heavily-used west coast and east coast lines, with spurs to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.
      • Scores of business premises will be bulldozed to make way for the final section of the northern spur of Sheffield's inner ring road.

transitive verb

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    (horse) espolear
  • 2

    (urge on)
    (team/person) estimular
    (team/person) alentar
    this should spur them to greater efforts esto debería estimularlos / alentarlos a esforzarse más
    • spurred by dreams of wealth aguijoneado / acicateado por sueños de riqueza

intransitive verb


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    apretar el paso